Acclaimed Albums – Person Pitch by Panda Bear

List item: Listen to the 1000 Most Acclaimed Albums
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Title: Person Pitch
Artist: Panda Bear
Year: 2007

Time to reap on one of the major benefits of extending this list – when I get super busy at work and have limited time in the evenings, I am able to cross off an album I know well. One that I have played off and on ever since it came out and have had a really good time revisiting – at the same time as replaying my favourite tracks from Merriweather Post Pavilion.

Person Pitch is an odd album to pigeon-hole into a genre. In many ways, the music is reminiscent of the type of psychedelic pop you’d find on a Beach Boys record. However this is a profoundly modern (albeit lo-fi) affair with mos of the sounds being made up of loops, samples and sound effects. The vocals are delivered dreamily as we sweep through long tracks that begin with an owl hooting and end with a baby crying.

‘Bros’, the twelve and a half minute centrepiece of the album is one of my favourite tracks out there. It’s one of those rare super-long songs where you feel that none of the time is wasted. I am not entirely sure what the song  is about, but is something the is truly beautiful. Then you have ‘Ponytail’ at the end, which will always have a special place in my heart as it formed part of the first mix-tape I sent to my husband when we started dating.

Later Panda Bear albums never quite captured the magic of Person Pitch – although I did enjoy his follow-up Tomboy. Then again, it could be argued that ‘My Girls’ and ‘Brother Sport’ on Animal Collective’s Merriweather Post Pavilion are the proper sequel tracks to Person Pitch. Sure, they are credited to the band as a whole, but they feel so thematically and sonically similar to Panda Bear’s work on Person Pitch that it’s hard to not draw a line.

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